Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Urthel Saisonnière | De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
86
very good
154 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Urthel SaisonnièreUrthel Saisonnière
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
Belgium
urthel.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ToasterChef on 02-25-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
310
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 310
Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Hazy gold amber color with thick white frothy head with decent retention, it sinks to everlasting bubble sheet on the surface along with lots of sticky lacing patch on the glass-side.

Chalky yeast, some funk, a little bit spice, honey, floral, loads of fruity ester reminds me of peach, lemon, apple, and some earthy as well.

Kick off with some tartness and a bit spice that nicely mingles with biscuit malt sweetness, then it is fruitiness affair with the same kind of fruity ester pronounced in the aroma. There is some funkiness too as well as some earthy and grassy notes.

Light to medium body with smooth mouthfeel through the palate from its lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp with dry finish. There is some character that is reminiscent of Witbier, very tasty and good Saison offering from Urthel.

 864 characters

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Hazel out blond color, white gold. Soft, fluffy high head cap.
Apricot, white pepper, light golden wheat. Honey sweet, bread malt, herbal yeast. Pretty nice.
Feels crisp, sharp and then smooth.
Flavors of earthy, herbals, wheat and complex yeast abounds. Good complexity, unique wild oats effect adds to the yeast forward flavors. Plenty of light malt for sweetness.
Finishes rather sharp, tangy and mildly bitter.
A unique Saison. One of my favorite styles.

 486 characters

Photo of sjdevel
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: 4.25
Pours a hazy yellow/orange straw color. A fair amount of foam, expected more from this style of beer. The head sticks around for awhile as the bubbles are quite active.

Smell: 3.75
Smells very earthy and of cut grass. Slight hint of citrus and no real sourness.

Taste: 4
Not as expected. Very wheaty and biscuit. Hints of white wine; similar to a good Kolsch. Fairly sweet at first and dries slightly as you go. Can’t really make out hop bitterness or flavor. Mostly yeast, wheat, and bread.

Feel: 4.25
Fuller than expected (still on the light bodied side). Quite a bit of fizz. Interesting.

Overall: 4
Pretty good. Like a stronger Helles or a meltier Kolsch.

 711 characters

Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To the extent that a formula exists for something as exaggeratedly diverse as small family Belgian breweries, Urthel follows the pattern: distinctive yeast, few offerings, unique spicing. Urthel is a husband-wife team (he also is an illustrator and draws the funny-looking, big-nosed men on their labels.) MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" admiringly described the wife as the" brewster" (proper English for a female brewmaster.) And she more than seems quite good. I have Had 4 of their 7 brews and look forward to the others.

Saissonniere was what I expected from their rendition of the saison. So I had it before the meal, thinking their bitter-weighted blend of hops might interfere with main dish. I saved a little and I probably was right: this saison cut through the oil and garlic, but then the hops started acting like it was the show. (I flatter myself to think that my ratatouille should reflect the evening's most memorable herbs... but I'll concede defeat when paired with an excellent brewer such as this.

Recommended more than once.
With another tasting several months later, I edited the review for clarity... but did not change the rating. Have Saisonniere with appetizers or a light part of the meal.

 1,216 characters

Photo of Arthuros
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good pale hazy saison, with some hoppiness but also some malt complexity. Hop aftertaste dominates, slightly bitter, but the beer overall isn't too bitter, instead having honey and fruity flavors.
Carbonation is very slight, maybe a bit too much so, but just enough to exacerbate the flavors.

 295 characters

Photo of drmeto
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-banana,honey,grassy,pepper,coriander,pears,slight pineapple
T:
-spicy,pears,grassy,honey,slightly bready
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
A good one

 303 characters

Photo of SFNC
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look; Nice fluffy head atop a clear yellow liquid, plenty of rising bubbles.
Smell; Grainy, slight medicinal.
Taste; Tradional Belgian chaulky yeast, lemon, sharp and bitter hops. Moderate sweetness. An almost bitter aftertaste.
Feel; Moderatly fizzy, dry.
Overall; Far from my favorite Saison, it's refreshing, but the bitterness at the finish lingers a tad too long. Better choices exist.

 392 characters

Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had from a 750 ml bottle and on tap at the Pig & Fiddle.
A: Persistent, briliant clear gold with a 1” off white foam cap that mounds up over the rim.
S: Over ripe fruit, citrus, light funk, floral, earthy hops.
T: Light malts, a touch of sweet and sour, lemon, large pitted fruits, big hop accent on the finish. M: medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: a hop lover’s saison.

 387 characters

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow color, is not clear.
Head white, fine bubble ring. Resembles shaving foam.
Slightly fruity aroma, lemon, a little honey with grassy accent.
The taste is generally very gentle, as in we have a little lemon flavor, honey, floral notes and a lot of grass, dry bitterness, which in Urthel Saisonnier is long and intense. The whole fun to play, the beer is a light, refreshing and very drinkable. Be sure to repeat..

 424 characters

Photo of henkmudi
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell like wood, pine, sea breeze and rosin. Dense and rich, dirty white foam. Refreshing and strong. First grejpfrut and tobacco, later roses, touch of smoke and wine. Salty and sour at the same time.Goes well with food, but sour after dessert. Very good.

 256 characters

Photo of ElegantRose
2.62/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

While this is a blonde/saison hybrid, it seems, at least to moi, to incorporate some of my least favorite aspects that one can find in a beer.

While is is quite pretty, resembling a blonde Leffe, the taste is somewhat one-note; like unripe tangerine, where one tastes the pith without the fruit or the juice.

At 6.0% ABV, it can be sessionable, which I do like.

The aftertaste is not as lasting as some that I have tried, but the aftertaste to me, is most similar to ear or shoe wax.

To be fair, at first on the palate there is some refreshing acidity. Also, the lacing is lovely, and the bubbles are tight.

I think that there are some who will truly enjoy this beer, but I am afraid I needed a little more hops or alternatively candy ester sweetness, or additionally an unexpected aspect to make me enjoy this beer just a little more. And no, I don't like my beers too sweet either. Balanced and tight and floral are some of the characteristics I tend to cherish.

The warmth of the beer, caused by becoming closer to room temperature, does make this beer open up more, and become more balanced. I find I am liking it closer to it's prescribed temperature (which is not unusual, of course). And as I sip more, the earwax flavor note is dissipating. Though I will not change my review numbers, I will be more open to this unusual beer's flavor profile in the future. :)

 1,376 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a saison and belgian blond hybrid here, cloudy and pale, but still quite brightly yellow colored, and with a very airy and lasting white head on it, it looks lovely. aromatically its a little curious, more belgian yeast than saison yeast from what i gather, but with a bigger wheat malt base, a slight staleness and green bottle skunk, although this is in brown glass. same wight he taste, a touch of stale malt, but the yeast is the main flavor agent here. its a cool complexion, unconventional and definitely efficient, its super dry in the finish, has really cleaned up any sugar, and maintains a very drinkable alcohol content unlike so many of the belgian strong pales and blondes. what i don't like is the apparent lack of freshness. these beers so frequently travel poorly, or don't end up on shelves until they are already fading. such is definitely the case with this one, although i can see its potential and like it quite a bit. summery stuff i will have to revisit again when i can confirm its freshness.

 1,016 characters

Photo of FreeKansas
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a VERY light clear blond, even though I see some heavy dregs at the bottom at the bottle. Color looks like an American macro light beer. (i.e. Coors Light)

S: I'm, not even pouring this too cold but there is very little nose here. Slight lemon, slight raw wheat smell, but really not much here.

T: Light. Crisp. slightly malty with a bit of pepper. Lemon. Cut grass. malted rice.

M: Light and bubbly lick a nice crisp champagne. No real head. The high carbonation matches the super light body.

O: At $4 for a 11 oz bottle this was very underwhelming. It honestly comes across as a very complex Miller High Life. Unless under $2 dollars a bottle I would not bang again.

 681 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Picked up from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip over there some time ago. Described on the label as a thirst-quenching blonde beer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of mild grain, breadiness, subtle spice, a delicate earthiness and a twinge of solvent in the background. So-so.

Tastes of fruity yeast with a lingering dry finish. Notes of husky grain, faint bread, mild fruitiness, a touch of peppery spice, earthiness, stewed leaves and harsh cardboard. Highly attenuated, followed by a dry, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with prickly carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and earthy yeast.

Hmmm - not the best saison I've ever tried, but this bottle might be a tad old. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by dry yeast with a spice and faint fruit character. Body is OK. A bit too dry and harsh to be pleasant, and there's also a twinge of oxidation in the background. Maybe I'll re-review if I get the chance. Nothing special; no need to seek it out.

 1,406 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This had a bright yellow hue with a thick creaky froth. The whole appearance was reminiscent of the whiskey spring father drank back in the day.

The nose holds refreshing citrus and orchard fruits. A bit lemony, some Apple and pear there is an over all fruity way about the scent. The aromas are also wheat, straw and peppercorn.

The taste takes on a much different personality as the peppercorn or clove seems to really take over. The backdrop has wheat and straw like flavors, maybe a tinge of lemon but my palate perceived way too much clove.

The feel is so light and refreshing that it has a lemonade like smoothness and bitterness.

My guess is that this was a case of one man's perception and probably not the overall taste that the brewers intended.

 759 characters

Photo of joe1510
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml
$2.99
Binnys - Willowbrook

Urthel's Saison starts to form a frothy head when the first drop hits the glass. The body is deep golden with orange hues running throughout and a touch of haze. The head is three fingers+ in height and shows no signs of receding. With settling around the edges the foam is stiff like meringue and the accompanying lace clings to the glass.

The nose is bright. Bazooka Joe bubblegum esters and dewy morning grass jump from the glass. The typical orchard fruits are present but run together slightly. Floral notes prowl the periphery in the form of wildflowers while a sugar cookie maltiness lays the foundation. With warmth green apple tends to stand out most out of the noticeable orchard fruits.

The flavor profile follows the nose step for step. Orchard fruits from front to back, though they come across a little muddled. Bubblegum pops up again in the middle becoming juicier toward the finish. The swallow brings along a squeeze of pear juice and a flash of florals. The front is muddled but the finish cleans up nicely.

Carbonation is nicely active, the weight is light and right but there just doesn't seem to be the pop that's makes Saisons so great. The effervescence just isn't there. It falls a touch flat. A touch of sweetness lingers on the swallow but there is a quick wave of grassy bitterness.

Saisonniere falls a bit flat overall. It has the qualities I enjoy in Saison but they fall short, aren't cohesive, or simply lack in flavor. With that said it's not a bad Saison but there are a lot better options on the shelves.

 1,577 characters

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Allagash fluted glass. (should have poured into a smaller glass. Looks like I cheated myself)
Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a foamy and sudsy white head, along with some patchy and sliding lace.
The first smell reminds me of an evening rain in a dry desert, followed by damp basement. Dry malt, hop flowers, yeast, and a light lemon zest, hint of gin, and whiff of clove all come into play.
The flavors mirror the smells pretty much. A taste of green apples slide forward in the finish.
This is one dry beer. The mouthfeel is slightly raspy at first, but the malt body rolls in late to create a more liquid, gulpable and agreeable swallow.
Nice Saison, but there are local New England varieties of the style that do the trick at less $$.

 767 characters

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 12:58-K31612. Sampled on November 8, 2013.

The pour is a hazy pale yellow with a short-lived fizzy white head that fades to a ring around the tulip glass.

Aromas run the gamut of Belgian pale malts, apple and other light fruits, pepper and coriander spices, lemon zest, and earthy hops.

Medium body.

The taste begins with most of the elements IO picked up on the nose with the exception of a lingering, biting bitterness that pulls up the rear. Generally mellow and easy to drink.

 522 characters

Photo of FLima
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a full three finger thick head with great retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of Cointreau, pineapple, Belgian yeast and pine.
Sweet flavor of oranges, booze, hay malt, lemon jelly, flowers, condiments and oats. A very mild funkiness with dry aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation with tiny bubbles. Although it is just 6% abv, alcohol is definitely felt but pleasant.
An interesting Saison, although it has some nice complexity, it is very easy to drink.

 478 characters

Photo of Libationguy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light straw with bright yellow hues. Bright white head of one finger depth that quickly dissipates. Fine lacing on the glass.

Bright notes of corn silk, coriander, orange zest, lemon zest, hay all stand out against a light malt background.

On the palate, citrus, dried hay and resin with some lemon marmalade.

Medium- body and a slightly watery feel. Firm carbonation get everything bright without becoming spritzy. A fairly short clean finish shows a touch of alcohol.

It's a nice bottle, but I would have liked a little more from the mouthfeel in substance.

 563 characters

Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a clear gold with a thin head. Smells like honey and sweet bread with some floral hops. Flavor starts up front with honey sweetness along with some yeasty dough. Floral hops and moderate bitterness lead into the finishes which turns very dry. Very subdued yeast character. Mouthfeel has a solid body considering the dryness. Carbonation is not too out of control. Overall I really enjoyed this for what it was. Kind of like a pilsner with faint hints of Belgian yeast. I think people need to understand that saison does not necessarily mean brett/funk/hop bomb.

 571 characters

Photo of mactrail
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusty, musty, metallic malt liquor flavor. Is this the wave of the Belgian brewing future, or a ghost from a faded past?

If I'd poured this out of a bottle I'd say it was old and aged in the back of a pickup truck. It has that flat, oxidized taste. Expecting the skunk. Instead, a surprising and unpleasant bitterness.

This is a truly weird beer. If it's an authentic piece of history with special heirloom yeast, I guess we should be grateful it still exists. But nobody in America would deliberately make a beer that smell like this. Old sneakers? old tires?

 563 characters

Photo of justintcoons
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Murky dark gold with tons of yeast fallout. Has 2 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Buttery sweet, Pilsner malts, bubblegum, caramel and lemongrass.

Taste
Has some buttery sweetness and butterscotch off-flavors. Pilsner malts, bubblegum and lemongrass. Maybe a touch of dried grass and Saison yeastiness.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, smooth and oily.

Overall
Not really what I expect out of a Saison. Tastes like an old Pilsner.

 497 characters

Photo of thezach
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had that nice funkiness that makes a saison a saison. No spices, which I generally prefer for the style. Served from a bottle with no freshness date into a tulip glass.

A: Brilliantly light golden, surprisingly clear - virtually no haze, maybe the yeast settled out due to chilling & age? Fluffy white head.

S: Funky, a little fruity (grape, melon? can't put my finger on it), and white pepper. Some others mentioned clove - the sweetness/fruit that I noticed may actually be more clove, though it is very light.

T&M: Lightly funky, relatively clean. I found the taste to be a little light compared to the aromas, which, while light, were more forward. Spritzy and light mouthfeel. Just enough earthy hop bitterness to balance out the grain. No real hop contribution otherwise.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, I could put a few back. It is a little light in yeast and hop character, in my opinion, but that might be more to style for the Belgian saisons. Still very refreshing, I would have liked a little more zip from the hops and some more complexity from the yeast. Again though, perfect for a summer day. A real porchrocker.

 1,137 characters

Photo of TBoneJones
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden blonde, thick-looking. Head is not thick and fades fast. Unfiltered look for sure and I like that.
Smells of ample yeast and malts with nice hints of cloves, sweeter spice.
Nice taste follows with the breast yeast, cloves and citrus (lemon). I wish the spicy aspect was better balanced out with other elements. After a while i notice hints of banana esters in the taste. Nothing to stand it apart from other nicer saisons I've tried, in fact there is a soapy aspect that leads to the spice/ bitterness. Still quite drinkable here. This brew has a bitter dry finish.
Well-carbonated, nice happy-medium mouthfeel.
I'd have this again even though it struck me more like a white-styled beer would in terms of dryness. Despite not being as complex of a saison as I hoped, this was still refreshing. Im sure this would have tasted even better on a hot summer day with certain foods to pair.

 910 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Urthel Saisonnière from De Leyerth Brouwerijen (Urthel)
3.84 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe